Under Culture Podcast #3: A List of Injustices

By brian longtin • Jun 1st, 2009 • Category: podcasts • Popularity: 25%

Brian and Spencer discuss Animal Collective, The Decemberists, and The Thermals in concert, plus new albums by The Dirty Projectors and Coalesce. Also, the movies Drag Me to Hell, Dead Snow, Anvil: The Story of Anvil, Tyson, and Dreams with Sharp Teeth.

Our latest podcast went extremely well. The conversations were interesting and flowed well, and we had lots of interesting music and movies to talk about. Good third try, I believed.

Then when I went back to edit it all together, I discovered the last section had some strange interference. Possibly supernatural (gypsies!), possibly technological (time-traveling robots?). I had to cut a few minutes worth of wrap-up jokes where it got really bad, but it flared up mid-conversation, so I minimized it as much as made sense without just hacking off the closing. Hope you will forgive this minor inconvenience, and that our lives are not doomed for offending whatever forces corrupted the audio file.

Enjoy the third episode, and if you like what you hear, review us in iTunes. And you can always leave comments, or email brian@under-culture.com with suggestions, questions, etc. We’d love to get some listener feedback or opinions to discuss on the show.

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Looks like we’re not the only ones who thought Blade 2 was better than Terminator: Salvation. Sorry, McG.


If you’d like to make your own judgments on Animal Collective live, they’re playing a few more shows (mostly sold out) across the US before heading to Europe, then returning stateside to play a lot of the summer festivals. Or you can just read our very positive review of their new album, Merriweather Post Pavillion.

The Decemberists will be on tour for the next few months playing their new album, The Hazards of Love, in its entirety. Their track, ‘The Queen’s Rebuke/The Crossing’ is featured in the third music break, one of the songs that especially destroys in a live setting.

The Thermals have just finished their US tour and are heading to Europe soon, but their latest, Now We Can See, is still worth checking out, as are their three previous albums.


The new Dirty Projectors album, Bitte Orca, comes out next week. The tracks ‘Stillness Is the Move’ and ‘Temecula Sunrise’ are featured in the first and last breaks. They’re on a US tour this summer.

The long-awaited next album from Coalesce, Ox, also comes out next week. ‘Purveyor of Novelty and Nonsense’ is featured in the second break, and you can sample that as well as a few other full tracks off of Ox on their site. They’re touring Europe in June, lucky continentals.

[UPDATED:] You can now stream the full album online as well, so there’s no reason not to give it a go. Unless you’re afraid of hardcore or something.


Drag Me to Hell is playing now in theatres everywhere. That one seems like a no-brainer.

Dead Snow is the movie about Nazi zombies, featuring the brilliant tagline ‘Ein. Zwei. Die!’. You can see the trailer on their site, and according to IMDB, it will have a limited release in June.

For horror fans, Spencer’s four part series on the state of modern horror films from last fall is still worth a read. You can start at part one, on where horror went wrong, or at least read part four, on which modern horrors are still getting it right.


Anvil: The Story of Anvil, is now playing in select cities, so take advantage of that while you can to see some lovable metal guys trying to make it.

Tyson is also in theatres now, so you can decide if he deserves to be loved or not.

Dreams with Sharp Teeth, the documentary about Harlan Ellison, is now out on DVD, though not yet available via Netflix as of this writing. Sundance Channel may not be showing it again soon, but they do have a handful of clips. This one is especially great and representative of the film:

If you can’t track down the film, we do recommend the interview with Onion A.V. Club, and especially this podcast interview on Salon Conversations. You really have to hear him speak to get the full effect.


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